Huck #1 (Image)


CREDIT: Image Comics

Rating: 4.5/5 – Tale of a Completely Charming Do-Gooder.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall

Huck is the latest Millarworld offering from Mark Millar, this time with art by the incomparable Rafael Albuquerque.  Where some (most?) Millarworld offerings seem to present a fairly violent/dystopian take on super-hero tropes, here we get a breath of fresh air with a title character who is a truly kind and gentle soul who is primarily interested in helping people.

Huck opens with 5 silent pages as Huck does his good deed for the day and Rafael Albuquerque’s art does a fabulous job of conveying the action .  Words aren’t necessary at all.  Not to say Millar was slacking off, I’m sure the script he wrote gave descriptions of exactly what was going on, but the beauty of the sequence was how enthralled I was by the sequence unencumbered by dialogue or captions.  I knew exactly what was going on and words would have detracted from it.  The rest of the issue is primarily dialogue, with no captions explicitly describing action, though we do get excerpts from Huck’s journal.

Charming is the word that came most readily to mind to describe this story.  Huck was an immediately likable character that I want to see more of in upcoming issues.  Mark Millar sets up a point of conflict that could take a slightly uncomfortable turn for our hero, but hopefully nothing quite as dark as other Millarworld tales.  I’d buy this solely for the art by Rafael Albuquerque and the wonderfully nuanced story by Millar was icing on the cake. I’m on board for the duration.  Whether you pick this up in single issues or in trade form (which should be available in 6 months to a year) Huck is well worth checking out.

Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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